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Old 02-08-2011, 11:11 AM
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Unless you are standing in front of the FCC tech (if you can even find one), he probably would just go about his business as usual.
Let's not forget about these guys, who effectively expand the reach of the busy and short-staffed FCC:
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:07 PM
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Well, got my license done. I'd slap myself on the back but my arm is still in the bent position DUE TO GOVT FEES. j/k

Glad to have it, now I'll go after my tech paper.
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Old 02-09-2011, 3:21 PM
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Let's not forget about these guys, who effectively expand the reach of the busy and short-staffed FCC:
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The AA is, in my experience, a group of petty, irritating busybodies with the same approximate civil authority as Ann Landers. In short, they don't matter.

Sorry, nothing personal...and your experience may differ. I'm just going on what I've seen over the years, which is that every piece of personal and anecdotal evidence that mentions these duffers also mentions them being gigantic wieners with no real case besides having an axe to grind.

I'd love to see some concrete evidence to the contrary, but so far I haven't...
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Thanks Spork! I was hesitant about saying the same thing! I guess you would call them SAPS?
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thanks spork! I was hesitant about saying the same thing! I guess you would call them saps?
Please excuse this post..I am incredibly drunk...but I've been through enough in life that I'm not afraid to call them as I see them...

The problem with AA is that they are full of the letter of the law but none of the spirit...

Call me starry-eyed, but I do like to give people the benefit of the doubt..

There is a difference...you must try to TEACH first, before you try to ENFORCE...

We were all new once. Nobody can become a good operator without good advice.

So many of the AA slips I've seen could be addressed with a simple 2 minute QSO...

I have no hesitation to get in someone's face (figuratively speaking)..right on the air...when they're being a LID...but you have to EDUCATE, and not just SCOLD.

Most people want to do the proper thing, if they only knew what the right thing was...instead they just get dressed-down with no advice to make them better...

There is so much potential in our hobby...you have to do what you can to mentor, rather than just excoriate.

I have found that I've never gone wrong in life assuming people are smart, but I have gone wrong a lot by assuming people are stupid.

I'm glad I'm not alone in trying to help...

Also, I need another drink. ,,,,,,,,,,
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Words to live by. Whatcha drinking? Next one's on me.
Thank you...

I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is having...
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I'm not a hamateur, so what is a QSO?
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Qso = a conversation or contact via radio.


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Old 02-14-2011, 12:54 AM
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Much has happened since just last week. Took the Tech Exam on Thurs. and only missed one question. VE said to take the General Test right there; uh...yeah, and then I got humbled. I crammed the Tech exam in 2 nights. General may require more than that.

Based on recommendation by PTO, I've bought the Wouxun KG-UV2D with all the bells and whistles. Should be on the air this week. Also bought a mobile dual band antenna. What sucks is that there are no GMRS repeaters where I live. I coulda saved $85 and just get my tech, but, oh well, at least I have the paper for GMRS.

I'm really impressed with all of you Hams out there. Very supportive and the kind of people I prefer to have as company.
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What sucks is that there are no GMRS repeaters where I live. I coulda saved $85 and just get my tech, but, oh well, at least I have the paper for GMRS.
My story is the same as yours......
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